Booking a Visit


The Clay Studio will be open to visitors from Wednesday 19 May 2021 following the planned easing of government restrictions. Booking is now open 19 May until 24 December 2021.

We are open Wednesday to Sunday and every day during Dorset school holidays. Due to government guidelines and for the safety of all our customers and staff we will be operating in a different way to previously and this will continue until restrictions have been removed.


We have reduced the capacity of The Clay Studio and maximised the space that we have so that it becomes easier to undertake social distancing. Admission for painting is through advance booking with sessions limited to two hours. If you wish to spend longer on a piece you will need to book a session on another day and take your work-in-progress home with you in-between. We cannot guarantee tables not booked in advance or for arrivals outside session times. On quiet days it`may be possible to stay longer but we will not know that until the day according to known table bookings.


Thursday evening sessions are 5.30 or 6.30 to 9.30 and must be booked in advance by 4pm that day. Your table will be available from 5.30 whichever session you choose to book.​

Please book on-line through our booking site. Do not call or e-mail us to book. 

This system allows flexibility of booking choices. Book an appropriate table for the number of people attending even if one person is not participating in painting. If the ideal table size is fully-booked then select the next table size. We may adjust tables on the day according to known bookings. We allow a maximum of one non-painter per table.

The "Book Now" link will take you to our booking site.  Choose your day, time and table size. You may check the box "Skip Attendee Entry" although currently you will need to log in with the NHS app or provide contact details for all attendees. If you are unable to come, you are able to cancel your booking by clicking the reference in your confirmation e-mail and free up the table for someone else. If you have any problems with booking please contact us via the Chat icon on this Web site or via e-mail.

For party or other group bookings do not use this booking option but please call or e-mail us.


If this way of working is not for you then you have the great option to order pottery and paints on-line so that you can paint at home. Takeaway orders will normally be ready for collection the same day or next opening day.

Please do not visit The Clay Studio if you have any COVID-19 or cough & cold symptoms.


We will constantly be reviewing our policies and procedures and we welcome any feedback you have.

We intend to retain a lovely and safe environment for everyone so you can enjoy your pottery painting experience with us.